Clayton Yeutter

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Clayton Yeutter
Occupation Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (deceased)

Clayton Yeutter was a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under George H.W. Bush, serving from 1989 to 1991. He died on March 4, 2017, at the age of 86. He also served as president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the 1980s.

Background

Before becoming agricultural secretary, Yeutter served as U.S. trade representative under President Reagan, leading negotiations of what was then the U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement, which later became NAFTA. In 1991 he became chairman of the Republican National Committee, but came back to the Bush administration a year later as a counselor to the president.

Before Reagan tapped him for U.S. trade representative, he was president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for seven years, from 1978 to 1985.[1]

As deputy special trade representative under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, he was involved in international steel discussions, as well as in the first talks about restraining Japanese auto exports. He also helped to end the so-called "cheese war" with the European Economic Community, according to the White House.[2] He was also assistant secretary of agriculture in the Nixon and Ford Administrations.[3]

Yeutter was born on a farm in Eustis, Nebraska and became a successful farmer in the state.

Education

Yeutter receive a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the University of Nebraska and graduated No. 1 in his class from the Nebraska University College of Law in 1963.[4]

He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics, after which the university hired him as a professor.

Resources

References

  1. MAN IN THE NEWS; A TOUGH TRADE NEGOTIATOR. The New York Times.
  2. Tough-talking Yeutter Tapped As Trade Chief. The Chicago Tribune.
  3. White House Point Man Clayton K. Yeutter Enforcing Reagan's New Trade Policy. The New York Times.
  4. Clayton Yeutter: American agriculture loses a champion. Omaha World Herald.